By: Kaitlyn Kudriavetz, Follow South Jersey Child Welfare Intern
BRIDGETON, N.J. — Late Bridgeton police officer Sean C. Peek has been posthumously nominated for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police’s annual Valor Award.
Peek has been nominated for his act of heroism last year, in which he attempted to rescue a woman from the Cohansey River. He is the only posthumous nominee of the 33 officers who have been nominated for the award this year. This award is designed to recognize New Jersey police officers and citizens who demonstrate exceptional heroism and a commitment to bettering their overall community.
On September 9, Peek was pursuing a female burglary suspect when she fell into the Cohansey River. Peek jumped in after her in an effort to save her, but she had gotten out on her own, where she was then apprehended by other officers.
Peek struggled returning to the shore, but he eventually made it to safety thanks to the help of other first responders. He was treated for chest pains and shortness of breath at a nearby hospital before doctors discharged him to his home. He died hours later.
According to Police Chief Micharl A. Gaimari Sr., who nominated Peek, he was an exemplary 15-year veteran on the Bridgeton squad. Peek served as Buena Borough police officer for three years, as well as serving on the Millville Rescue Squad. He also rode as an EMT with Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury.
You can find more information about the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police here.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.